A HACKER MANIFESTO [version ] McKenzie Wark Manifestation. There is a double spooking the world, the double of abstraction. The fortunes of states. Buy A Hacker Manifesto on ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders. In the widespread revolt against commodified information, Wark sees a utopian promise, beyond property, and a new progressive class, the hacker class, who.

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The manifestoo class profits from the producing class as con- sumer of its own subjectivity in commodified form. Return to Book Page. Everywhere one hears rumors of the hacker as the new form of juvenile delin- quent, or nihilist vandal, or servant of organized crime.

Unfortunately, the fate of these world-historical hacks thus far is the commodization of their core idea, the transformation of creative expression into representations, i.

But information isn’t scarce; it’s all around and it’s cheap.

The extraction of the surplus is the key to the continuity of class society, but the form of the surplus, and the form of the ruling class itself, passes through three his- torical phases: As the vectoral class comes to monopolize stocks, flows and vectors of information, the hacker class loses its maniresto of its immediate working con- ditions.

A flow of information is the capacity to extract information of temporary value out of events and to distribute it widely and quickly.

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In differ- entiating manifedto from nature, human agency does not alienate itself from nature, it merely brings into being yet one more aspect of nature’s multiplicity. They rely on a competing mass of capitalist contractors for the manufacture of their products.

Information technology — Social aspects. To abstract is to produce the plane upon which different things may enter into relation. We are the hackers of abstraction.

A Hacker Manifesto by McKenzie Wark

Join Our Mailing List: While hackers create these new worlds, we do not possess them. Pastoralists acquire land as private property through the forced dispossession of peasants who tradition- ally share a portion of the commons. To hack is to produce or apply the abstract to information mwnifesto express the possibility of new worlds, beyond necessity.


The vectoralist manifedto act only out of self-interest, for they extract their margin production from the commodification, not just of production, but of the production of production. In- formation emerges as a concept when it achieves an maniefsto relation to materiality. But everywhere the vector reaches, it also brings with it the possibility of the gift relation. Private property encompasses land, capital, and eventually information, bringing each under its abstract form and making of each a commodity.

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A Hacker Manifesto

Harvard University Press,p. We do not own what we produce — it owns us. Since the great upheavals of in the south and the east, the world is periodically production swept up in weird global media events, in which movements grasp their moment, taking over the streets, and through capture of symbolic space capture also moments of media time, in which to demonstrate to the world that another life is possible.

Information, once it becomes a form of property, develops beyond a mere support for capital – it becomes the basis of a form of accumulation in its own right. Join Our Mailing List: In the widespread revolt against commodified information, McKenzie Wark sees a utopian promise, beyond the property form, and a new progressive class, the hacker class, who voice a shared interest in a new information commons.

The hacking of new vectors of information has indeed been the turning point in the emer- gence of a broader awareness of the creative production of abstraction. The imma- terial aspect of the nature of information means that the possession by one of information need not deprive another of it. Ihe production of a surplus creates the possibility of the [ expansion of freedom from necessity. Production takes place on the basis of a prior hack which gives to production its formal, social, repeatable and reproducible form.

A hacker history challenges not just the content of history, [ but its form. As land, capital and information are progressively ab- II stracted as property, property itself becomes more abstract. Just as property led to the wresting of freedom from natural ne- cessity, the overcoming of the limits to property offers the potential to wrest freedom from the necessities imposed on the productive classes by the constraint of private property, class exploitation and its domination of the state.

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Having produced itself as the very process of distinction, it has to distinguish be- tween its competitive interest in the hack, and its collective interest in discovering a relation among hackers that ex- presses an open and ongoing future for its interests. Drawing in equal measure on Guy Debord and Gilles Deleuze, A Hacker Manifesto offers a systematic restatement of Marxist thought for the age of cyberspace and globalization.

Education is the organization of knowl- edge within the constraints of scarcity, under the sign of property.

A Hacker Manifesto by Kenneth McKenzie Wark

In fact, the legal description of a piece of real property is called an “abstract. Knowledge may arise just as readily from everyday life. The infinite virtuality of the future is subordinated to the production and representation of futures that are repetitions of the same commodity form. The immaterial nature of information means that the possession by one of information need not deprive another of it. The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of hacksr reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

The vectoralist class fills this need with communication that of- fers these desires a mere representation and objectification of possibility.

This book reads just like a Manifesto, with short paragraphs illuminating the role Hacker’s are coming to play in society. Is it maniifesto role of knowledge to authorize subjects that are recognized only by their function in an education economy?

Wish I had hcaker this when I was younger. The hacker class realizes itself as a class when it hacks the abstraction of property and overcomes the limita- tions of existing forms of property.

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